This morning

October 15, 2011 § Leave a comment

This morning, eggs florentine with lox and lemon and dill hollandaise. I swear by Alton Brown’s no fail hollandaise.

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What I’m thinking about RIGHT NOW

October 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

Hobbes’ Leviathan and the structure of legitimate government.

My apartment’s previous life

October 13, 2011 § Leave a comment

Now if I didn’t need any more evidence that I was a force of gentrification, I found this article about the former resident of my Hell’s Kitchen apartment (shortly after being informed by my new neighbors that my apartment was once one of New York’s few operating porn studios).

By David Bienenstock for salon.com

Joe Gallant wants desperately to be the Andy Warhol of adult cinema.

“I love the crowd he attracted. I want my crowd to be like that: free-spirited, spontaneous and able to contribute,” explains Gallant, sole proprietor of a porn company called Black Mirror Productions, during a break from shooting scenes in his sweaty, sex-stenched Hell’s Kitchen apartment. “Warhol moved from painting to film, and I have my reasons for going from music to hardcore New York pornography.”

We’ve been filming in Gallant’s cramped version of the Factory for the last hour, packed in tight among tons of music and video equipment, barbells, books, movies, posters and the scattered papers and files of a very busy businessman. In the far corner of the bedroom, a bank of VCRs runs constantly, dubbing copies of such Black Mirror titles as “Times Square Trash,” “Extreme Filth” and “M’ass’terpiece Theater.”

When Gallant hands me a hand-held digital video camera and starts whacking away at some anal sex, my first instinct is to refuse the assignment due to a lack of any practical experience. I don’t even take vacation photos. But unlike mainstream porn (or mainstream movies, for that matter), at Black Mirror technical specifications take a back seat to the overall vision of the project.

“Warhol had no clue as to what he was doing. He just started doing it. He barely knew how to turn on the camera,” Gallant reassures me. “But his naiveté, coupled with a keen observation of social shifts, allowed him to capture a time and an era pretty effectively.”

I observe all the action through the camera’s small, square viewfinder, struggling to keep the undulating subject matter in the frame and in focus. The director never checks on my progress. He’s too busy exploring every available orifice of a 23-year-old blonde named Erika Kole.

“You have delicious balls,” she tells him.

“Thanks, it’s an old family recipe.” […See the rest here]

Diderot’s Encyclopedie

October 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

If I ever had a million dollars… I probably wouldn’t spend it on this, but I still would really love one. Dover did publish a version… not complete of course.

Belated Birthday Dinner & Hollyamber’s invitations

October 8, 2011 § Leave a comment

Belated Birthday Dinner @ Annisa

  1. amuse bouche – crispy phyllo shell with chicken liver mousse & crunchy mustard
  2. tuna hot and cold – tartare with cucumbers in a spicy mayo & charred yuzu rubbed belly
  3. olive oil poached salmon on top of blistered shishito peppers with two sauces (one almond & one lobster roe)
  4. duck 3 ways – seared duck breast with minced papaya, duck broth with anise and cashews, duck rilettes with cucumber
  5. meyer lemon bread pudding with poppy sauce, bourbon beignets with bourbon ice cream
  6. all with a savannier… from i don’t know when
  7. beet soda cocktail
  8. saint germain cocktail with champagne, tarragon, chartreuse  and pink peppercorns

So instead of working on my paper (which in the course of attempting to understand what happened during the Los Angeles riots turns to Spinoza, Charles Nicolas Ledoux, Michael Hardt, George Rudé, Elias Canetti, Freud (duh), Benjamin, Baudelaire  and Theodor Adorno… and that’s only the beginning… I’m not patting myself on the back here… this paper has gotten decisively out of control. In any case, in order to extract myself from the madness I decided I while away my hours on my next crafty adventure … Hollyamber’s babyshower. See image:

I did this with the lifestyle crafts “Epic 6” home letterpress. This took a while to get used to, but with a little practice they started coming out perfectly. I got alot of help from Boxcar press who not only did the photopolymer plates… (with a 1 day turnaround and super fast shipping!!!)  but also provided all the tips and tricks needed for an awesome epic six experience, as there were many little issues with a tiny plastic machine that attempts to do what a huge heavy steel machine usually does.

california’s black gold

October 2, 2011 § Leave a comment

california beaches circa 1930… like a chance encounter between Frankie Avalon and Umberto Boccioni.

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